Hampstead teen arrested after chase

May 08, 1994|By Bill Talbott | Bill Talbott,Sun Staff Writer

A 14-year-old who could run "like a deer," according to a state trooper, led officers on a stolen vehicle and foot chase before he was captured in a Hampstead corn field about noon Thursday.

The Hampstead boy, who had previously been incarcerated at the Charles H. Hickey Jr. School for juvenile offenders in Baltimore County and vowed never to go back, was living at his parents' house under a house arrest program, authorities said.

State police said the boy, whose name is being withheld because he is a juvenile, stole his mother's car Wednesday night and wrecked it in the Hampstead area. He fled after the accident and tried to steal a motorcycle about 1 a.m. Thursday, but was unsuccessful, they said.

Later, investigators said, the teen was able to steal a minivan from a driveway on Leisters Church Road and was seen driving it in the Hampstead area about 7 a.m. Police said the boy tried to run down several students at a bus stop and damaged the van when he backed into a utility pole.

The boy was spotted by a county sheriff's deputy on Fairmount Road, leading to a short car chase that ended when the boy drove into a dead-end driveway, jumped out of the van and ran.

Officers from Hampstead, state police and the Sheriff's Department joined the pursuit, from the area of the Oakmont Green Golf Course on Greenmount Church Road heading west.

A state police radio dispatcher told the pursuers that the youth was believed to have a handgun, but no weapon was found when he was overtaken more than a half-hour later in the field near the WGRX radio tower, north of Hampstead-Mexico Road.

The youth was caught about a minute before a state police helicopter arrived to assist in the pursuit.

The juvenile attended an alternative education program for troubled students at the old Hampstead Elementary School after his release from the Hickey School, but had violated his probation and was scheduled to be returned to Hickey, police said.

After his capture, the boy complained of a knee injury. Police said he was placed in a state police vehicle and driven to the Hampstead fire house, where he was put in a stretcher and taken to Carroll County General Hospital.

He was treated for minor injuries at the hospital, released and taken before a judge of the juvenile court, authorities said.

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